8.5 x 11 inches
Edition of 20
For the past two decades, Ricci Albenda has performed an investigation into language, exploring the ways in which the written word is simultaneously a visual, personal, communal, and intellectual entity. Simultaneously, Albenda has also developed his own system in which alphabetical and numerical systems are paired with the color wheel: Vowels fall onto the archetypal hues of the prismatic ROYGBIV spectrum: a = Red, e = Orange, i = Yellow, o = Green, u = Blue, and y finds itself between Indigo and Violet. Numerals occupy the magenta tones, connecting the end of the alphabet with its beginning to form a complete color wheel. Within these investigations, each work becomes its own framework and site of inquiry, demonstrating versatility, and most importantly, the sense of play inherent to studio practice. In fall 2020, Ricci Albenda's work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles. Past solo exhibitions include Open Universe, T'Space, Rhinebeck, 2018, Supercallefragelistic–expiallidocious! (Universal Color, Part I), Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, 2015, Yakkity Yak, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, 2014, The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog, Rachofsky House, Dallas, 2009, and Projects 74: Ricci Albenda, MoMA, New York, 2001, among others. Albenda's work is held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin among others.